• Josh Flint

    Lessons From My First Engine Swap

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 26, 2010

      Willie Vogt's current Farmer Iron blog (www.prairiefarmer.com/blogs.aspx/pickup/towing/arms/race/heats/up/1358) brings back a great summer memory for me.   Still in high school, I was working for my dad that summer. For most of June, we spent our days fixing forklifts and trucks of all sorts. My time was primarily spent changing oil on big rigs and pick-up trucks. Then one day, dad got a call from a local lumber yard. The engine in their Chevy 3500 flatbed had seized up…

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    Small-Town Gas Stations Are Important Rural Stops

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 21, 2010

    One of the best parts of my job is traveling back and forth across the state. Since I started two year ago, I've put a little over 50,000 miles on my car: a small price to pay for being able to get out of the office. Today, I was taking photos of the unveiling of E-K Petroleum's new blender pump in Sullivan. It got me thinking about gas stations and how important they are not only to travel, but rural communities in general. First and foremost, I just want to say thank you to the proprietors…

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    Wireless Hotspots Make Farming Easier

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 17, 2010

    When I set up my home office, one of the first things I bought was a wireless router. I purchased a $50 Belkin router from Walmart. My primary concern was being able to connect to the internet from anywhere in the house. Thus, I could take my laptop on the back deck and write articles, and still be able to e-mail. Once I got it hooked up, I quickly realized it was a far more functional piece of equipment than I'd originally imagined. We currently have two computers, a printer and two…

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    Why Would Anyone Pay $5 for a Half Gallon of Skim Milk?

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 10, 2010

    As most readers know, I'm not one to pay extra for organic/natural/non-hormone/etc. products. Conventional production methods don't bother me one bit. I'm very comfortable with the safety, price, nutrition and taste of these products.   As a result of my frequent tirades on the marketing behind the food industry, my sister saw a perfect opportunity to irritate me last weekend. Walking in from the grocery store, she made a big production of showing me the milk she…

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